Ruzenia spermoides

    Alternative names
    Lasiosphaeria spermoides

    This fungus takes the form of tight packed clusters of 'little black balls'. There are other similar species and detailed examination is needed.

    Identification difficulty

    Woodland and other well wooded areas.

    When to see it

    Fruiting November to April.

    Life History

    It is saprobic on rotting wood of various trees.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequently recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland where there were only 6 records to March 2018.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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